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Shuly Xóchitl Cawood


Shuly Xóchitl Cawood said she would never teach, but now she runs writing workshops and loves it. Her latest book is the poetry collection Trouble Can Be So Beautiful at the Beginning. She lives in Tennessee.

— From December 2021

My Mother Says She Does Not Know How To Cook

“How did you make this?” she always asks. “A recipe,” I tell her. No magic trick. No skill. Just buying ingredients, following directions, not varying from what I’m supposed to do.

December 2021


My great-aunt was not the type of lady to smoke / out on the porch. No, she lit up in her living room, and up / and down the stairs, and in her bedroom on hot / Mississippi nights with the windows thrown open.

May 2020
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